Active Parenting: A video-based program
Results were reported from 35 field-test groups conducted using
the original Active Parenting Discussion Program between
January and March of 1984. Subjects were 274 parents of both sexes
having children between the ages of 2 and 17. Subjects completed
two check lists, About Yourself, which self-rated their own parenting
behavior, and About Your Child which rated their childs behavior.
The pre-test was administered at the beginning of the course and
the post-test at the end of the final session. Results indicated
that parents improved their parenting skills an average of 28%
after completion of the Active Parenting Discussion Program
course. 84% of the parents also reported an improvement in their
children's behavior with an average improvement of 20%.
In addition to the child behavior checklists, 97% of parents
who took the course indicated they would recommend the course
to friends, and 100% of the 35 leaders said they would recommend
leading the program to colleagues. The author discusses the practical
application of the new video-based technology to the field of
parent education and predicts the expansion of its use.